The inaugural I. Donald Terner Prize was awarded on January 31 to the 8NW8 affordable housing project designed by SERA Architects and developed by Central City Concern.
The Terner Prize, which comes with a $25,000 award (dinner on CCC, anyone?), recognizes successful and innovative affordable housing projects and their leadership teams. It’s administered by the Center for Community Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley. Massachusetts congressman Barney Frank was the keynote speaker at a symposium and luncheon in Washington, DC to honor the winning teams.
“In terms of what it provides its residents—attractive space that nurtures a sense of community—8NW8 is heartening,” said Terner Prize Jurist John King, urban design and architecture reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. “But it’s also a real contribution to the urban streetscape and skyline of a city with markedly high standards. Anyone who passes by the building benefits, whether they someday draw on its services or not.”
8NW8 created 180 units of transitional and permanent affordable housing; 120 SRO units serve residents earning 30% or below the average median income and 60 studio apartments serve residents earning 50% or below. I wrote about this project a couple years ago, and remember talking with Paul Jeffreys and John Echlin there about the building’s durable and innovative construction methods. I also love the curving glass frontage at ground level. There's a nice whimsy to this building, but also a quiet dignity achieved through its solid, earth toned materials.
Congratulations to SERA, general contractor Walsh Construction and Central City Concern.